Philippine Joint Special Forces clash with Muslim rebels; 26 killed, 77 hurt

Jolo Sulu, Philippines: Joint Forces from the Philippine Troops killed double a dozen Muslim Rebels popularly known as the Abu-sayyaf Group or ABG for brevity. This was an all out war declared against the Moro rebels by Newly Elected President Rodrigo R. Duterte against this group. Sources revealed that this group is very known as Moro Bandits who live to kill, robbed just for the sake of gold and silver and are responsible for the beheading of two Canadians and an 18 year old filipino who is among the hostages very recently.

A very recent reports was another clash between the Moro rebels and the Philippine Rangers which resulted to 15 dead among the Armed forces of the Philippine Units and countless among the bandits but it was later discovered that this so called bandits are so brave and bold because they were "High on Drugs" during the shooting incidents with the Philippine rangers.

Philippine soldiers check ammunition during an offensive operation against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.

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Duterte gives communist rebels ultimatum to respond to truce

President Rodrigo Duterte is bent to lift the unilateral ceasefire with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) if the communist group won’t heed to the government’s call.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said Duterte was “disappointed and exasperated” that the CPP has not reciprocated with a ceasefire.

READ: Duterte to communists: Do you want a truce or a fight?

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/JOAN BONDOC

Abu Sayyaf to bring fight to AFP doorstep
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Putin Blasts Trump and Clinton for ‘Shock’ Campaign Tactics  

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Vladimir Putin blasted both Donald Trump’s and Hillary Clinton’s tactics on the campaign trail but refused to publicly take sides in a U.S. presidential race in which he’s been accused of secretly favoring the New York real estate billionaire.

“They’re both using shock tactics, just each in their own way,” the Russian president said in an interview. “I don’t think they are setting the best example,” he added.

Putin, who has won praise and a pledge to improve ties from Trump while facing attacks from Clinton, stuck repeatedly to his position that he has no preferred candidate and would work with whoever wins. While his purported predilections have been the subject of bitter invective from both sides, in public at least, Putin didn’t show much enthusiasm for either one.

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 Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and U.S. President Barack Obama © Lean Daval Jr / Jonathan Ernst

Philippines' Duterte: Obama must listen to me on human rights

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday he was ready to discuss any issues with Barack Obama when they meet in Laos next week, but added that the U.S. president must listen to him first before bringing up the question of human rights.

Washington has expressed concern about a surge in drug-related killings since Duterte became president two months ago promising to wipe out narcotics in the Southeast Asian nation.

Asked if he would be willing to discuss human rights at his meeting with Obama on the sidelines of an East Asia summit on Sept. 6, Duterte told reporters: "Depends to what degree.

"They must understand the problem first before we talk about human rights. I would insist, listen to me: this is what the problem is, then we can talk."

In a statement, the foreign ministry said the meeting would be an opportunity for the president to "communicate his advocacy to improve the peace and order situation in the country, especially toward eradicating the scourge of illicit drugs".

Police data released on Tuesday showed that the number of drug-related killings since Duterte took office now stands at around 2,000, nearly half of them in police operations and the rest in shootings by unidentified gunmen.

Duterte has been unapologetic over unleashing the police on drug users and dealers and has responded robustly to criticism from the United Nations and other countries over his campaign.

Recently he lashed out at Washington's ambassador to the Philippines, branding him a "gay son of a whore".

The White House said on Monday that Obama would raise concerns about some of Duterte's recent statements when the two meet.

However, it said there were also important security issues for the two closely allied countries to discuss, particularly tension over navigation in the South China Sea. China has been incensed by a ruling against its claims in the South China Sea by an international court, a case initiated by Manila.

The two leaders were expected to discuss ways to strengthen the security alliance after Manila allowed the U.S. military to rotate its forces in five local air and army bases, foreign ministry spokesman Charles Jose said.

Duterte said he would also hold talks with China, which will be represented at the Laos meeting by Premier Li Keqiang. Media reports said he would also meet Russian President Vladimir Putin.

(Writing by John Chalmers; Editing by Nick Macfie)